1)Educate:To develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching,instruction, or schooling.
Synonyms: instruct, school, drill. 2)Educate: To qualify by instruction or training for a particular calling,practice, etc.; train: to educate someone for law. 3)To inform: to educate oneself about the best course of action.(Dictionary.com) There seem to be a bit of mis-education among some educated people about the meaning of education. As such, they are caught in a quandary as to how to handle the idea that anyone not schooled in their discipline could actually themselves be educated albeit in another area. As such I went to Dictionary.com to see what they had to say about “Educate”, as above>
I recently wrote about a discussion forum on Okra where alleged Doctors were unable to participate in a light-hearted conversation without telling everyone they are Doctors . http://chatt-a-box.com/mywpblog/?p=5516#respond. To date I have noticed smoldering embers of resentment that someone not schooled at the University Of the West Indies could challenge them on their absolute idiocy in believing that only doctors could make informed contributions. Oh… did I tell you they were all from Jamaica? Yeah they are !!
So as I said I noticed some smoldering embers of resentment around,social media disguised as something else. Which leaves me to conclude that the resentment is wholly about what many people believed. That many Jamaicans who benefited from a college and University education do so not just for their individual betterment, but as a weapon they may use to lord over anyone who dare challenge or engage them. I must say this is not an indictment on the UWI , God forbid, many of my family members are proud Alums. My brother earned his Masters there before completing two Doctorates overseas. My brother exhibits none of the traits of insecurity I saw on that thread.
I crave the indulgence of all on this, both those with much formal education and those schooled through less formal means. Also do educate me on the reasons behind some people’s inability to have a conversation without feeling the need to inform others of their academic qualifications. What exactly are the insecurities inherent that causes educated Jamaicans in particular to display those insecurities? Is it that they fear no one will listen to them, no one will pay attention to them? Or is it a physiological need to dominate, to intimidate, are these classic signs of closet bullies? Do these people work hard for their Degrees because for years they went unrecognized? Have they done the hard work because they have an extreme need to be noticed? On this I will await the diagnosis of the educated: